Time. It’s the great equalizer, isn’t it? No matter how rich, poor, successful you are, when it comes to time, we’re all in the same “There’s not enough of it” boat.
Especially for authors. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything—and for those of us in the beginning of our career, we’re the only employee in our company. This is when the 3Ds come into place: Delegate, Do, or Delay.
You can’t write and edit and promote and market and ship and research and do it all in one day. So, start by asking yourself: what is the priority? If your editor needs your manuscript by Friday, that’s a priority.
Research can wait.
And if there’s anything you can help on (like getting your kids to help you make/cut your bookmarks) then delegate it.